What are the top causes of Texas fatal motor vehicle accidents?
Driver negligence in all of its forms claims thousands of lives in Texas every year. This post does not represent legal advice upon which you should rely. If a loved one of yours has been killed in a fatal motor vehicle accident due to the fault of another driver, a personal injury law firm that is experienced in cases concerning motor vehicle accidents can help provide the legal advice you need to help you to seek compensation for your loss.Â
The Texas Department of Transportation is responsible for keeping a broad variety of statistics concerning motor vehicle usage. It maintains a website with annual statistics for almost any topic involving vehicle safety. Questions about: the effects of seatbelt usage and traffic fatalities are broken down by month, road type, location, age and gender; and even by the hour and day of the week.
One such detailed set of statistics covers contributing factors leading to vehicle accidents statewide and including breakdowns into urban and rural areas. Across the state, the leading specific contributing factors to fatal vehicle accidents as of 2013 (the most recent year for which statistics have been kept), including the number of incidents of each cause, are:
1. Excessive or unsafe speed â 1131
2. Driving under the influence of alcohol, or alcohol present in system â 791
3. Failure to keep the vehicle in the lane â 437
4. Driver inattention â 333
5. Incorrect evasive actions â 304
6. Striking motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians â 288
7. Driving while fatigued or asleep â 196
8. Driving under the influence of drugs â 194
9. Driving on the wrong side of the road, not related to passing â 188
10. Failure to yield â 128
What the statistics indicate is that the leading causes of automobile crashes frequently involve some form of negligence or other culpability on the part of a driver.
Of the top 10 causes shown above, perhaps the only one that may not always involve negligence would be incorrect evasive actions. For example, a car swerving off the road and hitting a tree to avoid hitting a deer.
Interestingly, evasive actions account for only 56 of the fatalities reported in 2013. It is not clear whether some of the cases of driver inattention or driver cellphone usage involved evasive actions caused by the inattention of the driver.